Don't Wait To Begin Treatment
We like to have fun and think you should be able to have fun with your braces, too. We offer fun shaped braces called Wildsmiles and even have Gator shaped braces for our budding sports enthusiasts!
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends visiting the orthodontist around age seven. By this age, most children have a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth, making it easier to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems sooner and without surgery.
Early Treatment Through Braces
Many children do NOT need early treatment, but there are some that REALLY do! By seeing all children close to the age of seven, we are able to catch the ones who really need orthodontic intervention before the problem gets worse and more difficult to correct.
If a child does need early treatment (or what many orthodontists call Phase I) to correct immediate problems, he or she may still need full braces again when all permanent teeth erupt. The 2nd time in braces, however, should go much smoother, quicker and be less invasive (hopefully avoiding surgery or extractions).
If no treatment is needed at this time, our younger patients don't have to miss out on all the fun. They become members of our Kids Crew and will still be seen periodically for evaluation and monitoring.
Goals of Early Treatment
- Correct and guide the growth of your child's jaw to help the permanent teeth come in straight
- Regulate the width of the upper and lower arches
- Create more space for crowded teeth
- Avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life
- Correct thumb sucking and help improve minor speech problems
For parents, it's not always easy to know if your child may need orthodontic treatment. Please contact our practice to schedule an appointment for a free comprehensive orthodontic evaluation. Early treatment now can help give your child a healthy, beautiful smile for the future.